24: Redemption is a pleasing two-hour television movie created with the clear goal of preparing us for the seventh season of the popular 24 series, scheduled to begin in January. Cherry Jones joins the 24: Redemption cast — along with actors Robert Carlyle and Jon Voight — as the newly elected president with whom we begin to get acquainted in anticipation of the new season (files for 24: Redemption rapidshare can be found at Los Mundos de Mou– although, maybe en español). Although there may be some critics, the 24: Redemption reviews seem to be mainly in favor of the program; Oscar Dahl at BuddyTV feels it worked to serve its purpose, not necessarily awesome enough as a feature-film, but fitting in were it part of a typical season of 24 (which is probably how we should regard it), while Rebecca Swanner over at Metromix Phoenix feels that this movie’s enough to get new viewers interested in 24 for the first time, winning them over in time for the new season. The movie aired last night on Fox.
I have mine TiVo-ed and haven’t viewed it yet, so rest assured there are no spoilers here– but here’s some basic plot information. It’s been about 3 years since the last season ended, where we last found former CTU agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland’s character– the main man, hero, etc. to you newbies) looking uncertain about what path was next for him. He ended up in Africa helping an old friend (played by Carlyle) run a school for boys. He is soon caught up in a new drama, however, when recruitments begin for young boys to join a military coup in a local rebel movement. Jack and his buddy must then get the boys to safety. Meanwhile back at home, the new female president, President Taylor (played by Jones) is getting inaugurated and appears to be another positive president a la Palmer, according to Swanner. We are introduced to some DC characters who are sure to have larger roles once 24 picks up again in January.
One thing to look forward to is this: what types of predictions will this upcoming season of 24 bring? Those of you who’ve been watching since the beginning (like myself) may have noticed some of the eerie correlations to real life we find within the contents of the show, often taking place either in writing or in airing well before similar events occurred in actuality. Some examples: terrorist attacks on our country by extremists, a beloved black president (let’s hope President Palmer’s end never comes true!), and a weasel-like, corrupt president who’s more concerned with his own best interests than his country and fellow man. Will more revelations follow? Also- will this new season bring a lot of the issues happening within Africa into the homes of unfamiliar Americans? Will the show involve any of the controversy dealing particularly with the wicked diamond industry, which plays a huge role in Africa’s overall economy and civil problems? Let’s watch and find out.
24 – Redemption (rapidshare) , Los Mundos de Mou
Oscar Dahl,’24: Redemption’ Review: Jack is Back, BuddyTV
Rebecca Swanner, ’24: Redemption’ review, Metromix Phoenix